5 Important Questions to Ask at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Are you thinking about enhancing the look of your nose? With surgical procedures like rhinoplasty, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. 

At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, we recommend all of our patients schedule a consultation before a rhinoplasty procedure, taking the opportunity to understand what you can expect from the procedure, to discuss your goals, and to get your questions answered. To help you out, our team put together a list of five important questions you should be sure to ask your specialist before committing to a nose job.

1. What risks are involved with rhinoplasty?

All surgical procedures come with some risks, so you must know all the details before you opt for rhinoplasty. Asking this question not only can help you determine if your surgeon can explain the risks in a way you understand, but it also may lead to your surgeon suggesting ways to lower your risks that come with rhinoplasty. The better informed you are, the better the outcome.

2. Are you board-certified in plastic surgery?

In recent years, there’s been a rise in the number of physicians performing aesthetic procedures without having sufficient training in cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery. Physicians can perform plastic surgery without being certified by a board, but it’s a risky option for patients. 

Doctors who are certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons must go through years of training and pass rigorous exams. This ensures they have the skill to perform reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.

3. Can I see the results of previous patients?

Most experienced plastic surgeons have either testimonials or before-and-after pictures to reveal what other patients have experienced. These can give you an idea of the surgeon’s talent level, how natural you can expect your results to look, and how the procedure went for them.

4. What’s the recovery time?

Knowing how long you need to recover after surgery and what activities you need to restrict while you heal can help you plan ahead. For example, you may have to request time off from work or find a babysitter.

5. How long have you been performing rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty — in which a patient desires another surgery to improve the appearance or function of the nose — is a fairly common procedure. To avoid this scenario, ask your plastic surgeon how much experience he has in the field. 

At Plastic Surgery Arts Center, Dr. Jan Garcia, Jr. discusses your goals and uses computer imaging to give you a better idea of how your desired nose will look on your face shape. He also reviews your medical history to determine whether you’re a good fit for the procedure. Generally, anyone can have this procedure as long as they don’t smoke and don’t play contact sports.

If you want to correct the function of your nose or change its appearance to boost your self-esteem, contact us to schedule a consultation by either calling the office or using our convenient online booking tool. We’re more than happy to answer all of your questions.

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